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Youth – Cyprus

HasNa believes that the next generation of young people must become dedicated peace-builders in order to bring lasting change to their communities.

Our youth programs embrace this philosophy, supporting and empowering young people by fostering a spirit of volunteerism, civic engagement, and conflict resolution. The programs build the capacity of youth organizations and train the trainers of the next generation.


Cyprus Friendship Program

HasNa launched the Cyprus Friendship Program (CFP) as a groundbreaking, all-volunteer program in Cyprus in 2009. CFP is a friendship-building and leadership program that focuses on fostering trust and understanding through interaction between Turkish Cypriots and Greek Cypriots in Cyprus. In an effort to break the cycle of fear and mistrust, CFP selects and pairs Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot teens to pursue friendships. Program activities are provided in Cyprus and the U.S. for the selected pairs. Inspired and led by HasNa board member Warren Muir, CFP has grown immensely over the past three and a half years. Read More…


Citizen Journalism Program for Cypriot Youth

Biased journalism is a major influence in Cyprus and has furthered misunderstanding between the two communities. There is a growing need for news that is prepared by and for youth, using digital social networking as an effective media platform. HasNa’s Citizen Journalism Training Program embraces this new form of journalism. The program which took place June 20th – June 27th, 2011, was developed with HasNa's local partners in Cyprus, the Management Centre and Cyprus Community Media Centre. Read More…


Young Cypriot Journalists Project

In 2002, HasNa collaborated with peace activists in Cyprus to conduct the Young Journalists Project. This project gave ten young journalists from Cyprus the opportunity to come to the Washington, DC for training that focused on ethics in reporting, objectivity in analyzing statistical information and discussions on moving away from biased reporting methods. Cypriots from both sides of the island were able to interact with each other during the program and develop a more objective journalistic stance on the issue of bi-communality. Read More…

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